Tuesday Oct 01, 201309:57 AM GMT
Iran, Cuba stress improvement of bilateral ties
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
The foreign ministers of Iran and Cuba have stressed the necessity for the further expansion of Tehran-Havana relations in all spheres.


During a Monday meeting with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed satisfaction with the close cooperation between Tehran and Havana.

The Iranian minister further described bilateral cooperation and negotiations between the two countries in the international community as significant and constructive.

Zarif underlined the importance of the 16th session of the Iran-Cuba Joint Economic Commission in regulating bilateral relations in the economic sector.

The Cuban foreign minister, for his part, pointed to the close ties between Tehran and Havana, hailing the Islamic Republic’s fundamental policies in the international scene.

Rodriguez also praised the fresh atmosphere created due to the recent talks between Iran and six major world powers in New York, as well as the landmark phone conversation between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and US President Barack Obama.

On September 26, Zarif and the foreign ministers of France, Russia, China, and Germany as well as the US secretary of state and the UK foreign secretary discussed Iran’s nuclear energy program on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

A day later, President Rouhani and Obama held a historic phone conversation, which marked the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979. The two sides focused on Iran’s nuclear energy program during their conversation.

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